Top 20 players fans must know about ahead of the 2024 NHL trade deadline

The 2024 NHL trade deadline season is in full swing following a big move that occurred last night involving Chris Tanev. Here are 20 more names to know.

Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice
Jan 16, 2024; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Noah Hanifin (55) takes to the ice / Brett Holmes-USA TODAY Sports
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Frank Vatrano may have more trade value than anyone else in Anaheim

While we have seen a lot of talk geared toward Adam Henrique, Frank Vatrano could be the ultimate player to watch in Anaheim. Despite the Ducks poor performances while in possession of the puck, Vatrano has been the one outlier, with 26 goals on the year, 19 assists, and 45 points. 

Vatrano has also proven his worth to potential contenders, given his ability to come up big when the Ducks need a go-ahead goal. He’s logged six game-winners this season, and 10 goals on special teams. Vatrano can also join any top-six and keep playing what has been a high-octane game for a bad team this season. 

But what makes Vatrano so valuable isn’t just his offense, but what has been an outstanding two-way game. He’s a physical forward who has finished 116 checks this year to go with 61 blocks. There have been quite a few complete players on this list who have warranted more attention than Vatrano, but if your favorite contending team lands him, be very, very excited. 

The only downside is that, thanks to Vatrano’s numbers, Anaheim’s price won’t come cheap. So if he goes elsewhere by March 8th, expect the Ducks to collect a lot in compensation.